Kids II, Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia company, has issued a recall for more than 680,000 Oball Rattles across the United States and Canada due to a choking hazard. The recall was initiated after the company received reports that the plastic discs were breaking, which caused the release of small beads that children were then putting in their mouths. To date, there have been 42 reports filed, three of which included children who were gagging on the beads, which poses a serious choking hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The recalled rattles are available in blue, green, orange, and pink. They have the model number 81031 printed on the inner surface of one of the discs. Only rattles with the following five date codes are included in this recall: T0486, T3065, T1456, T2856, and T2316. The date codes can be found on a small triangle shape on the rattle’s inner surface.
The recalled Kids II Oball Rattles were widely distributed in retail stores such as Walmart, Target, and Walgreens, along with online outlets such as ToysRUs.com, Amazon.com, Walgreens.com, Diapers.com, and Babyhaven.com, among others, between January 2016 and February 2017.
Consumers who have purchased one or more of these rattles are encouraged to discontinue use immediately and remove them from the reach of children. For a full refund, contact Kids II by calling 877-243-7314 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, ET.
By Trixie Dillwood
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